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On this Day - May 18 2016: Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Sevilla in the Europa League final

Last year's Europa League final was the 45th staging of European football's secondary competition. Sevilla became the first team to win the competition three times in-a-row, and the win was their fifth in the competition 
PA and Sean O'Neill

ON THIS DAY

1909: Fred Perry was born. Perry won three consecutive Wimbledon titles from 1934-36 and he was the first man to win the singles titles at all four grand slam events.

1950: Jimmy Mullen became England's first substitute in a football international, coming on for Jackie Milburn against Belgium in Brussels. He went on to score and thus became the first sub to score in an international.

1990: Roberto Baggio was transferred from Fiorentina to Juventus for a then world record £7.7million.

2001: Sir Alex Ferguson announced he would sever all ties with Manchester United at the end of the season - a decision he went back on in February 2002 with a new three-year deal.

2004: London was confirmed as one of five cities shortlisted by the IOC for the 2012 Olympics, and later won the right to stage the Games.

2005: CSKA Moscow beat Sporting Lisbon 3-1 to win the UEFA Cup, becoming the first Russian club to win a major European title.

2011: Andre Villas-Boas' Porto won the Europa League, beating Braga 1-0 in the final in Dublin.

2016: Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Sevilla in the Europa League final, despite a Daniel Sturridge strike having put the Reds 1-0 ahead in Basle.

BIRTHDAYS

Nobby Stiles (soccer) - member of 1966 England World Cup-winning squad, born 1942.

Yannick Noah (tennis) - French winner at Roland Garros, later a successful singer, born 1960.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen (motor racing) - German driver who won three Formula One grands prix, born 1967.

Brad Friedel (soccer) - former Tottenham and United States goalkeeper, born 1971.

John Higgins (snooker) - four-time world champion, born 1975.

Lee Hendrie (soccer) - former Aston Villa midfielder, born 1977.

Danny Mills (soccer) - former England, Norwich, Leeds and Manchester City defender, born 1977.

Ricardo Carvalho (soccer) - Shanghai SIPG defender, formerly with Chelsea, born 1978.

Julian Speroni (soccer) - Crystal Palace goalkeeper, born 1979.

Gary O'Neil (soccer) - Bristol City midfielder, born 1983.

Ryan Lamb (rugby union) - Worcester fly-half, born 1986.

 

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1 In which US city was the 2006 Ulster hurling final played?

2 Newly promoted EFL club Forest Green Rovers play in which county?

3 Which Pakistan duo retired from Test cricket at the end of their recent series with West Indies?

4 Who managed the Cavan footballers in the 2008 championship?

5 British tennis player Aljaz Bedene was born in which country?

(See answers at bottom)

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SPORT ON TV

Today (Thursday, May 18)

SOCCER: Premier League, Leicester v Tottenham - Sky Sports 1 1930; League Two play-offs - Sky Sports 2 1930; Scottish Premiership, Partick Thistle v Celtic - Sky Sports 5 1930.

TENNIS: WTA, Italian Open - BT Sport 1 1000; ATP Masters - Sky Sports 3 1100.

GOLF: European Tour, Rocco Forte Open - Sky Sports 4 1130 and 1530; PGA Tour, AT&T Byron Nelson - Sky Sports 4 2100.

MOTOR SPORT: World Rally Championship, Rally Portugal - BT Sport 2 1900.

CYCLING: Giro d'Italia - Eurosport 1 1200; Tour of California - Eurosport 1 2200.

BASKETBALL: NBA play-offs, Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers - BT Sport 1 0030 (Fri).

BASEBALL: MLB, Texas Rangers v Philadelphia Phillies - BT Sport/ESPN 1900, Kansas City Royals v New York Yankees - BT Sport/ESPN 0100 (Fri).

HORSE RACING: York - ITV4 1400.

Tomorrow (Friday, May 19)

SOCCER: LaLiga, Granada v Espanyol - Sky Sports 5 1925; Scottish Championship, Falkirk v Dundee United - BT Sport 1 1930; Chinese Super League, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao v Jiangsu Suning - Sky Sports 1 1255.

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby, Chiefs v Crusaders - Sky Sports 1 0830, Stormers v Blues - Sky Sports 3 1755; PRO12, Leinster v Scarlets - Sky Sports 1 and BBC Two Wales 1930.

TENNIS: ATP Masters, Italian Open - Sky Sports 3 1100 and 2000; WTA, Italian Open - BT Sport 2 1830.

GOLF: European Tour, Rocco Forte Open - Sky Sports 4 1130 and 1530; PGA Tour, AT&T Byron Nelson - Sky Sports 4 2100

CRICKET: One-day international, Ireland v Bangladesh - eir Sport 1 1030; Indian Premier League - Sky Sports 1 1500.

MOTOR CYCLING: MotoGP, France, practice sessions - BT Sport 2 0800, 1045 and 1200.

CYCLING: Giro d'Italia - Eurosport 1 1200; Tour of California - Eurosport 1 2200.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v Milwaukee Brewers - BT Sport/ESPN 1915, Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays - BT Sport/ESPN 0000.

HORSE RACING: York - ITV4 1400.

Quick Quiz Blitz answers: 1 Boston; 2 Gloucestershire; 3 Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus Khan; 4 Donal Keogan; 5 Slovenia.

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